Brian Hioe

A Hundred Hours of the Ministry of Health on Nightcore

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For how long had I been doing this? A hundred days, or 10,000 years?

From Popula
On September 5, 2021
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A Powerful Look into the Struggles of Two Generations in China

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FATHER (爺爺和父親) is a standout documentary, whose strengths primarily derive from the revealing moments it manages to capture on camera. This is due to the fact that director Deng Wei is filming his father and grandfather as the documentary’s subjects.

From No Man Is an Island
On August 20, 2021
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A Competent but Problematic Adaptation

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A Review of Episodes One and Two of SEQALU: Formosa 1967 (斯卡羅)

From No Man Is an Island
On August 17, 2021
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Taiwanese Celebrities Come Under Fire from Chinese Netizens for Congratulating Olympics Athletes

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SINGER-SONGWRITER Jolin Tsai and television host Xiao S, whose real name is Dee Hsu, are among the Taiwanese celebrities to have come under fire after expressing support for Taiwanese athletes at the Olympics.

From No Man Is an Island
On August 3, 2021
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A Cross-Genre Thriller About Life After Death

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THE SOUL (緝魂) stands out among recent Taiwanese film as an effective and well-executed commercial thriller.

From No Man Is an Island
On July 27, 2021
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What Disappears During an Outbreak

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With Covid-19 having finally arrived in Taiwan over the summer, I guess I’m finally realizing what the rest of the world went through over the past year.

From No Man Is an Island
On July 23, 2021
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Between Infodemic and Pandemic: The Paranoid Style in Taiwanese Politics

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Conspiracy theories are apparently a side effect of the Delta variant in Taiwan

From Popula
On July 22, 2021
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A Beat Ahead or Behind of the World

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A Review of My Missing Valentine (消失的情人節)

From No Man Is an Island
On July 9, 2021
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Pioneering in Ordinary Life

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An Interview with Lance and Stuart Chen-Hayes About 兩個爸爸. This follows up on an interview conducted following the publication of Double Dads One Teen in English in 2019. Lance is Taiwan’s first out gay dad and their nonbinary teen, Kalani, became the first Taiwanese citizen with two father’s names on both an international birth certificate and an international marriage license

From No Man Is an Island
On July 6, 2021
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Love in the Shadows of Macau’s Casinos

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A Review of Madalena (馬達·蓮娜), a romance between two working-class immigrants to Macau from China. Ultimately, the film provides an effective, if dramatized, look at the lives of the working class as they eke out a bare existence in the shadows of the mega-casinos that Macau is best known for.

From No Man Is an Island
On July 1, 2021
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Taiwanese Animated Shorts at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival

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The following Taiwanese animated shorts for children were reviewed as part of the “Formosa Fantastica” section of the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival in Switzerland. The film festival will be held from July 2nd to July 10th in a hybrid format, with simultaneously live-streamed events in Neuchâtel and Taipei.

From No Man Is an Island
On June 25, 2021
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An Attempt to Revive Marx’s Workers’ Inquiry

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"Workers' Inquiry and Global Class Struggle: Strategies, Tactics, Objectives," edited by Robert Ovetz, aspires to revive the practice of “workers’ inquiry,” as seen in the works of Marx and other socialist thinkers, as a means of allowing workers to examine their material conditions for a better understanding of how they might overcome.

From No Man Is an Island
On June 22, 2021
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A Feel-Good Story About Two Gay Dads and Their Son

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SWINGIN’ (輕鬆搖擺) aims to be a charmful, cute, and playful story, even as it touches on contemporary social issues still debated in Taiwanese society. The short film tells the story of eleven-year-old elementary schooler Qiu Qiu, who has two gay fathers, one of which is his biological father.

From No Man Is an Island
On June 18, 2021
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